Carco Theater, Renton – Sunday, October 15th – 1:00 PM
SAHASI CHORI (BRAVE GIRL): A curious and determined 13-year-old, Bhumika (Albina Dahal), leaves her Himalayan village for the first time, only to discover that the city is not what she imagined and that her friend, Krishna (Jeewan Adhikary), is keeping a secret that may change her life forever.
CHHORA: Krishna is allowed to leave prison in order to spend the Christmas holidays with his young son, Simon, and his wife, Irene. A few hours before his return to prison, Krishna realizes that what will keep him alive behind bars is the love of his son, as well as his wish to pass on to him their shared culture.
THE SHAME: Born into a life of bonded labor (kamaiya), without a voice of his own, one innocent man discovers what happens when he suddenly finds the freedom that he has always wished for.
GHRAAN (THE SMELL):The Smell (Ghraan) is a nostalgic episode of an established businessman, Ahkam.
$12 Regular | $10 Student/Senior (with ID)
$10 Early Bird (through 9/30)
The Shame, Sushan, 2017, Nepali, 20 min
Individuals born into a life of a bonded labor (kamaiya) never have a voice of their own. What happens when they suddenly find the freedom that they always wished for? Such is the plight of one innocent man, who is torn between the life of unpaid slavery that he has left and this new existence where he is struggles to find his identity. All he wants is two yards of cloth, enough to reclaim his dignity.
For 7 years, Sushan has been working as an cinematographer, and producing a variety of movies in Nepal. A film graduate, with a degree in motion picture photography, he began his career in the Nepal film industry, working his way up to as a cinematographer. This short movie Laaz (The Shame) is his first experience as a director.
Sahasi Chori (Brave Girl), Erin Galey, 2013, Nepali, 20 min
A curious and determined 13-year-old, Bhumika (Albina Dahal), leaves her Himalayan village for the first time, only to discover that the city is not what she imagined and that her friend, Krishna (Jeewan Adhikary), is keeping a secret that may change her life forever.
Erin is an American film producer, director, writer, and cinematographer. Her film work has taken her around the world, from rivers in Chile, to villages in the Himalaya, to the red light district in Mumbai. She is known for her work on Sahasi Chori (Brave Girl), Points of Origin, featuring Ankur Vikal & Tessa Thompson, and The Champions. Her short Sahasi Chori premiered at SXSW 2013, earned over 10 awards and nominations including Best of Fest at Palm Springs, and played at over 40 festivals worldwide. As a commercial director she has worked with brands such as Nike, adidas, KEEN, the University of Oregon, and has worked on music videos for artists like The Flaming Lips, Emancipator, and John Lee Hooker, Jr.
Erin earned her Bachelor’s in Literature with Honors in Creative Writing from Brown University (2002) and her MFA in Film, tracking in Cinematography & Directing, from NYU Tisch School of the Arts, Asia (2011). She is the Creative Director & Founder at In The Flicker, Inc., a creative film agency & production company with offices in Portland, OR & Los Angeles, CA. In her spare time, she enjoys backcountry snowboarding, sea kayaking, and working in her garden in Portland.
Chhora, Subarna Thapa, 2014, French / Nepali, 25 min
Krishna is allowed to leave prison in order to spend the Christmas holidays with his young son, Simon, and his wife, Irene. A few hours before his return to prison, Krishna realizes that what will keep him alive behind bars is the love of his son, as well as his wish to pass on to him their shared culture.
Subarna Thapa is a graduate of the “Cours Florent” in Paris; he performed in France for “La Comédie Française” and in Nepal. He also played for the Japanese foundation in Tokyo and for the Asia society in New York. His first short film, Malami (Funerals. 2008) was broadcast in several international short film festivals where it was rewarded. His first film Soongava (The Orchid Dance) was broadcast on France 3. It is the first film in Nepalese history to broach the subject of homosexuality. The film represented Nepal in the 2014 Oscars nominations. Subarna chose to shoot his second short film Fils (Son) in France but some scenes were shot in Nepal. The film received financial support from the Languedoc-Roussillon and Subarna’s son, Anudaan, acts in it.
Ghrran (The Smell), Kamrul Ahsan, 2016, Bengali, 27 min
The Smell is a story as well as an essence of personal reality portrayed through images. One day, stuck in traffic, Ahkam takes an unusual road that eventually connects to his childhood memory. His childhood snapshots of struggling family days, unfulfilled desires, friendship, relations, and dreams make Ahkam nostalgic. He connects the smell of his father with own fatherhood in a very stunning way. Ahkam and all his lively friends were from poor families who could not afford to taste kebab in the nearby restaurant. So, their fun was to have the smell of kebab when they used to pass by. But one day, he finds his poor father enjoying kebab in the same restaurant which made an impact on his child psychology that he could not forget.
Kamrul Ahsan was born at Sirajganj in Bangladesh. His parents were both teachers. As a teenager, he got a Russian Zorki camera and fell love with images. After graduation, he moved to Dhaka in 1997. He participated in the first film appreciation course at World Literature Centre Film Circle, Dhaka, and met all the national film masters.
His film journey started as a film activist with the Bangladesh Short Film Forum. He started assisting L Apu Rozario in cinematography and worked on films like Kalighar, Sharat Ekattor, Matir Moina etc. His career as cinematographer began in 2003. Through this journey he came to sense a desire to pursue his own way of storytelling.